Whatever size you are, whatever sport you do, we’ve put together a comprehensive guide to MP sports bras. Garment technologist, Amelia Lohan, explains how to choose the right sports bra for you.
Why do I need to choose the right sports bra?
Knowing how to choose the right sports bra has implications for both comfort and aesthetics. Most of us would prefer to stay perky for as long as possible, but there are multiple reasons our bust can droop. Of course one of these factors is unsupported movement, as this can put stress on certain ligaments, called the coopers’ ligaments, in the bust.
The coopers’ ligaments are small ligaments that support your breast. They can only stretch a certain amount before they won’t spring back, causing irreversible damage. Choosing the right sports bra can help limit this damage because the breasts will be properly supported whilst you exercise.
How to measure for a sports bra
To be able to choose the right sports bra, you’ll need to make sure you get the right fit. When measuring yourself for a sports bra, we recommend following the following tips:
- Try and measure your breasts in a non-padded bra, as this will give you the most accurate measurements
- Measure yourself in front of the mirror, so you can be sure the measuring tape is straight and around the correct part of your body
To measure your sports bra size, you’ll need two measurements:
- BUST – Measure around your bust at fullest, try and make sure the tape measure is straight around the body. Don’t do this measurement too tight.
- UNDERBUST – Measure around the chest, directly under your bust. Try and ensure the tape measure is straight on the body. This should be a firm measurement.
Once you have these, you can use the size charts below to find your bra size and MP size.
How to know if your sports bra fits correctly
Under band – The under band should be a firm fit. You should only be able to fit 2 fingers between the under band and your back
Under band should be straight around the body.
Straps – with the shoulder straps shouldn’t be too tight, the rule is if you can fit 2 fingers under the strap then that is good. The straps should never be loose enough to fall off the shoulder.
Cups/Bust panel – The bust should be fully contained. If there is any double busting the go up a size and if there are any hollow parts of the cup then try a size smaller.
How to choose a sports bra with the right amount of support
The amount of support you will need from your sports bra will likely depend on your cup size, and the type of activity you are doing.
Light support sports bra
A light support bra will have thinner straps, thinner or lighter fabric, and a looser underband. You’d typically wear a choose a light support sports bra for Yoga, or rest days.